First footage for the Sherlock Holmes sequel premiered on Entertainment Tonight a day or 2 ago, but it’s quality (the footage itself, not the movie) was so poor I didn’t bother with it, knowing the trailer couldn’t be far behind. And here it is. I was a little concerned, before viewing, that it might be a bit too explode-y. I liked the action in the first movie but I don’t think fans want to see the series depart too much from what made Sherlock, well, Sherlock; namely, his wits! The story still seems like great fun and all the working elements from the first movie seem to be here, especially the chemistry between Holmes & Watson.
Best Line While Hanging From A Moving Train: I’M ON MY (kicks Holmes in butt) HONEYMOON!
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.
Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers and I know I’m not alone in that feeling. He’s an incredibly prolific and varied writer. From Twister & Driving Miss Daisy to The Lion King & Prince of Egypt to Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean, his work is really amazing. Gladiator & Pirates are two of my favorites of his and I tend to associate him with big epic scores. But his work is not as easily identified as John Williams or James Horner (whom I can sometimes identify by a single chord). Read more
The Golden Globes were Sunday night and while I didn’t do a blow by blow blog (& probably won’t for the Oscars either) I will offer a few scattered ramblings.
First off, of course I’m thrilled that my boy Downey Jr won Best Actor in Comedy/Musical for Sherlock Holmes. It’s great to see him so happy & his charming speech was one of the highlights of the night. But while his performance was awesome, I’m not sure he should have won. Read more
Some shocking and not so shocking news from the roster of upcoming films.
Spiderman 4 is not happening. Director Sam Raimi has left the project and the franchise and as a result, so has Tobey Maguire et al. Sony and Columbia plan to reboot the series, sending Peter Parker back to high school. There’s a nice article about these developments over at Cinematical.com.
I have to say I’m relieved. I really enjoyed the first two movies and Maguire was a perfect Parker. But it was obvious in Spiderman 3 that the franchise was falling prey to the Hollywood machine. The script was all over the place and performances seemed phoned in.
Now the comment boards are abuzz with fan based ideas on who should be the next Spidey. Among the contenders are Zac Efron(I think he can act but he might be too pretty), Jim Sturgess (he’s got the look), Anton Yelchin (a personal fav but don’t steal him away from Star Trek!), Daniel Radcliffe (hmmm…I don’t know, not sure he wants another franchise or to go back to high school), Robert Pattinson (just stop it now), Jake Gyllenhaal (who almost replaced Maguire before but I think hes’ too old now), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (LUV him…maybe), and Josh Hutcherson (whom you’ve seen in kid roles like Bridge to Terabithia, he might be ripe for a high school role).
Merry Christmas to me! Sherlock Holmes is out & it stars 2 very attractive men. Hee, hee.
The Basics: I’m assuming you know Sherlock from all the books, movies, and slew of cultural references (my favorite being “No s**t, Sherlock.”). Here Guy Ritchie directs the latest update on the Victorian sleuth with Robert Downey Jr in the lead and Jude Law as Watson. Read more
Oh joy! The first trailer from Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was released yesterday. We already knew that this was not going to be your usual Holmes whodunit. With Robert Downey Jr cast as Holmes, Jude Law as Watson, and Ritchie at the helm, this was going to be a grittier and probably funnier Holmes. I was expecting something dark & brooding but with an underlying humor but after the trailer debuted at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin in March, the buzz said that this was more of a buddy comedy. It is definitely very un-Holmes but I think it looks like fun. It certainly may offend Holmes purists. See for yourself. Trailer will play with Terminator Salvation this weekend. The movie opens Christmas 2009.
I wasn’t going to start this rundown of the telecast until it actually started at 7:30 CST. But after what just happened on the red carpet, it’s time to start.
5:50 pm: All six children from the cast of Slumdog Millionaire being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. Was that not the most adorable thing ever?! I could have eaten them all for dessert. Closely followed by the other cast members from Slumdog, all humble, excited, and a little giddy. And they seem to handling the whirlwind surrounding their film quite well. I hope this movie wins Best Picture! Read more
Here are some recent (& not so recent) tidbits on casting upcoming projects. Enjoy.
New News – Iron Man 2: So reports are out that Terrence Howard is not returning to Iron Man 2 but will be replaced by Don Cheadle. My first temper-tantrum like reaction is, “NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOO….. wait…Don…Don Cheadle…….that….that could be…..cool.” While Robert Downey Jr’s performance & Jon Favreau’s direction & commitment to invisible CGI were the top reasons for Iron Man’s success, Downey was also backed up by a solid supporting cast. I enjoyed Howard as Stark’s friend & military liaison James Rhodes, especially seeing a high ranking colonel with his strange little girl voice. But let’s face it, Don Cheadle is an amazing actor & can easily fill & maybe even improve the role. While I will miss what Howard would have done as War Machine, I very much look forward to seeing what Cheadle will do.
In a side note, while on tour promoting Tropic Thunder, RDJ reported that when the first pictures of him in black-face came out, Cheadle called him & asked, “Are you playing the black me?”